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Europe » Luxembourg » Luxembourg City April 21st 2018

It’s our last day in Luxembourg and not much is happening. Preparation for the trip to Paris, a walk in the heatwave (23°c) that Luxembourg is experiencing, and thinking about returning home are the main priorities. In the past few days we have been taking in the sights and the sites of Old Luxembourg , Vianden Castle, Clervas Castle and the Gardens Of Chateau de Ansembourg. Two days ago , Tim, Sue and I visited the old settlement in the valley surrounding Luxembourg called Pafendall. This literally means the Valley of the Monks and is the oldest residential area of the city. It dates back to the 11th Century when the Benedictines had a large monastery there and controlled most of the valley. Over the years the various occupants of the city included the French who ... read more
Retirement Home Luxembourg Style
Pafendall From The Elevator
The Glass Elevator From Pafendall.

Europe » Luxembourg » Luxembourg City March 28th 2018

We are back, sleeping on the floor again. Our foldout bed in Luxembourg is fine, but the white soft fluffy expanses of a real bed should never be underestimated. I’ve slept in the back of cars, under cars ( a story for another day), in tents, out in the open, in hostels with 60+ other people and the associated noises, and all were good under the circumstances, but at my time of life, you really can’t go past a nice firm bed, preferably made up by someone else, with fresh bedding and room to stretch out like a starfish in; it’s heaven. Day 2 in Bruge was overcast and raining but I don’t think anyone noticed. It is such a privileged experience to visit such a place, that no sun is no worries. By the time ... read more
Belfort, the Belfry Tower
Canal View

Europe » Luxembourg » Luxembourg City March 23rd 2018

Blog Post Take Two: the save function didn’t work, the internet dropped out, about 350 words down the drain. Shouldn’t really say how that makes me feel, but a bit pissed off is just scratching the surface. Deep breathe! Here we go again. The basic plan today was to visit the Duke of Lorraine‘s Castle in Sierra-les-Bains, have some lunch and a look around Thionville, and end up at a large shopping centre on the edge of Luxembourg, where Tim was having a French lesson while Sue and I shopped and waited. I’ve always found it a little unnerving being a passenger in a car, and skooting along wet roads in the grey, cold countryside of Luxembourg hasn’t helped. We were in a Nissan Micra, a car so micro that I couldn’t see the bonnet from ... read more
Cottage Window Near The Duke Of Lorraine’s Castle
View Over Sierck From The Castle
Gargoyle In The Castle

Europe » Luxembourg » Luxembourg City March 22nd 2018

Today had a quiet start and ended up with a quiet finish. It snowed heavily for a few hours early in the day, coating buildings, cars and the ground with a cold sheet of snow. Tim, Sue and I walked down to the local Portugues Bakery and had coffee and pastries, caught a bus into town (no tickets again) and wandered around the old part of town, visited the Luxembourg City Art Gallery, went to a pretty cool bar, had more coffee and pastries and caught the bus home. Luxembourg is very unique and is built on a hill surrounded by deep valleys. It was virtually impregnable and heavily fortified until 1867 when the Treaty of London was signed. Basically, all the world powers that mattered at the time forced Luxembourg to dismantle the walls and ... read more
Taking The 100 Metre Drop In The Glass Funicular ( lift).
The Funicular
The Valley

Europe » Luxembourg » Luxembourg City March 21st 2018

After a ’French’ breakfast at Port Royal, we wandered down to Montparnasse, found the local market for food, chatted to vendors, bought a beanie and took Sue to the Gare Montparnasse, the station where I last caught a train to Saint Jean Pied de Port to start the Camino. The original idea to transit to Gare de l’est was to catch a taxi but my newfound confidence in my public transport smarts had us lugging a large suitcase, 2 backpacks and a couple of smaller bags up the steps of Bus 38 for the €2 trip to the station. Sue had a seat and nursed backpacks while I wedged the case on a wheel arch and stood there protecting it. The attractive lady in the seat adjacent to Sue gestured to me with a smile, for ... read more
Breakfast at Port Royal Cafe
French Breakfast
Open Market At Montparnasse

Europe » Luxembourg September 29th 2017

29 September 2017 To enhance our knowledge of The Battle of the Bulge gained when we visited the museum at Bastogne, today we visited the American and German military cemeteries in Luxembourg. They respectively contain the graves of 5,076 and 10,913 soldiers. They were both developed from provisional cemeteries created by the American Burial Service who began recovering bodies from both nations in late 1944. The American cemetery originally contained 8,412 bodies but in 1947, at the wishes of the relatives, some were returned to the USA to be buried there. The American Cemetery is maintained by the American Battle Monuments Commission and the German one by public donations and volunteer labour. After lunch we left Luxembourg, entered France and drove 175k south east to a campsite outside the town of Phalsbourg, 35k east of Strasbourg. ... read more
Most graves are marked by Latin Crosses but a Star of David is used for Jewish casualties
There are four fountains with turtles symbolizing everlasting life and dolphins symbolizing resurrection
General George S. Patton was commander of the 3rd US Army which did a lot of the fighting in Luxembourg and Belgium. He was killed in a motor accident in Germany in December 1945. The building in the background is a memorial chapel

Europe » Luxembourg September 28th 2017

28 September 2017 Luxembourg City is small for a capital with a population of 110,000. It is unusually sited on the edge of gorges of the Alzette and Pétrusse rivers. The campsite was in the suburb of Alzingen and it was an easy bus ride in to the centre. We spent an enjoyable day visiting the Cathedral of Notre-Dame; strolling along the spectacular Chemin de la Corniche built on the 17th century ramparts on the top of the gorge cliffs; exploring and sometimes getting lost in the underground galleries, passages and staircases of the Bock Casements fortress carved out in the cliffs by the Spaniards in the 16th century; and walking down to the area of Grund at the bottom of the gorge.... read more
Highly revered Madonna and child
Members of the royal family are buried in the crypt
The Royal Palace

Europe » Luxembourg September 27th 2017

27 September2017 Esch-sur-Sûre is another settlement with a castle on a knoll and almost completely surrounded by its river. In the morning we explored this village and were astonished as to how picturesque it was in beautiful sunny weather. We then drove 40k eastwards through beautiful wooded valleys to the town of Echernach from where we had intended to do a walk in the Müllerthal forests. However, we didn’t like the look of the campsite so instead went south to just outside Luxembourg City where we were lucky to be given the last pitch on the site there.... read more
Its church and chapel on the ridge
On the ridge
Tower and village

Europe » Luxembourg September 11th 2017

The time is ticking, my remaining hours in Luxembourg can now be counted on a single hand. I am scared but still can't wait to get on the plane. Going to miss you all. See you in April Adela... read more

Europe » Luxembourg » Vianden August 6th 2017

Heute bin ich in den Norden von Luxemburg nach Vianden gefahren. Die Autobahn dorthin war wirklich sehr schön. In der "schönsten Stadt der Ardennen" angekommen, habe ich glücklicherweise einen sehr guten Parkplatz gefunden. Danach bin ich gleich in ein empfohlenes Restaurant, wo ich eine kalte Platte mit Ardennenschinken und danach Pferdefilet mit Pommes Frites gegessen habe. Pferdefleisch hatte ich zuletzt 2002/03 regelmäßig bei Nestlé gegessen. Damals wie heute mit einer Pfeffersauce. Es wäre auch noch Käsefondue angeboten gewesen, aber das mache ich lieber selber oder esse es wie im Sommer 2014 in Zürich im Herkunftsland. Es war aber trotzdem keine leichte Entscheidung. Das Restaurant war in der Grand Rue, die auch vom Reiseführer angepriesen wurde, aber ich bin nicht diese Straße weiter ins Tal spaziert. Dazu war ich zu faul und ich habe die Straße noch ... read more
Schloß Vianden.
Schloß Vianden.
Im empfohlenen Grillrestaurant.




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